Today VIZ Media announced the February 17 release of Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (MSRP $19.97).  Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction is the 17th Pokemon anime movie and the first movie based on new XY Series of Pokemon videogames and cards.  The film, which was directed by Kunihiro Yuyama, debuted in Japan in 2014.  It did not receive a theatrical release here in the U.S., but it was shown in November of last year on Cartoon Network.

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In addition to the DVD of the movie, VIZ Media also plans to release the official manga adaptation of the film, Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon (MSRP $6.99).  Published under VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint, the manga adaptation is suitable for all ages.

The perennially popular Pokemon property remains popular with its target audience of youngsters.  The Pokemon Trading Card Game was the #1 Mass Channel Collectible Game according to ICv2’s authoritative game rankings for the summer of 2014 (see "Top Collectible Games--Summer 2014").  The release of the film ties in neatly with the February 4 game release (see "Pokemon:  Mega Diancie-Ex Premium Collection")